Duck Fat Potatoes

1 lb new potatoes, cut into quarters
• 3 cloves garlic, chopped
• Kosher salt
• 1/4 cup duck fat
• fresh rosemary, chopped

• Heat oven to 425F degrees.
• Place potatoes in a small pot and cover completely with generously salted water.
• Bring to boil and reduce to simmer.
• Cook the potatoes for 20 minutes, or until fork-tender.
• Drain the potatoes.
• When cool enough to handle, put the potatoes  on a small rimmed baking sheet or pan.
• Drizzle with duck fat and add rosemary and garlic to pan.
• Roast potatoes for 20 minutes. Flip them, then roast an additional 8 to 10 minutes.

Ramen Stock

• 6 chicken legs
• 3 large carrots, halved
• 2 onions, quartered
4 cm piece ginger, sliced
• olive oil
• 4 dried shiitake mushrooms
2lb piece pork shoulder (thick layer of fat removed), halved
• 1 tbsp mirin
•1 tbsp saké
• 4 tbsp Japanese soy sauce

• Heat oven to 390F/200C.
•Put the chicken, carrots, onions and ginger in a large roasting tin.
• Sprinkle with seasoning, drizzle with olive oil, and roast for 30 mins.
• Transfer everything from the tin, including the fat and juices, to a large saucepan.
• Add the shiitake mushrooms and the pork, and pour in 3 litres of cold water.
• Bring to the boil and turn down to the lowest simmer you can.
• After the foamy scum rises to the top, skim it off with a ladle and discard.
• Part-cover with a lid.
• Let it simmer for 3 hrs but remove the pork after about 2½ hrs, or when it is very soft, and set aside.
• Strain the stock into a clean pan.
• Save the chicken and use it for something else.
• Boil for another 30-40 mins on a medium heat to reduce by a third, then skim the excess fat off. Add about 1 tsp salt and taste to see if it needs more.

Note: To substitute mirin, add between 1 and 2 tablespoons of sugar to 1/2 cup of white wine, vermouth, or dry sherry to replace 1/2 cup of mirin.


• 1 cup flour
• 1/3 cup water
• 1/2 teaspoon olive oil (optional)
• 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

• Move an oven rack near the top of oven and preheat oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). Preheat a heavy baking sheet in the oven.
• Dust a clean work surface and a rolling pin with 1 teaspoon flour, or as needed.
• Stir the water and flour together with a fork until the dough forms a rough ball, remove the dough to the prepared work surface, knead rapidly and firmly until smooth, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
• Divide the dough into four equal pieces; cut each piece in half again to get 8 pieces total.
• Swiftly roll each piece into a ball.
• Roll each piece of dough out into a 5-inch pancake, dusting the top and rolling pin with flour as needed.
• Gradually roll the pancakes out to a size of about 8 inches, increasing the size of each by about 1 inch, then letting the dough rest for a few seconds before rolling again to the finished size. ( normally just use my pasta maker to roll the door)
• Using a fork, quickly pierce each bread about 25 times, all over, to prevent rising. The holes should go completely through the bread. Flip the bread over, and pierce each piece another 25 times with the fork.
• With at least 5 minutes left on the timer, remove the hot baking sheet from the preheated oven, and place the rounds onto the baking sheet.
• Place the baking sheet onto the rack near the top of the oven, and bake for 2 minutes; turn the breads over and bake an additional 2 minutes, until the matzot are lightly browned and crisp.
• Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Lightly anoint each matzah with olive oil, using a brush, and sprinkle generously with salt.

Note:  Making matzah breads kosher for Passover requires using special Passover flour that has been guarded from contact with liquids.The cook is allowed no longer than 18 minutes from the point they combine the flour and water to when they remove the matzah from the oven in order for it to be considered fit for Passover. Of course, non-kosher cooks may bake at a more leisurely pace if desired.


16 lb tomatoes
2 lb onion
2 lb carrots
2 lb apples
2 lb bell peppers
1 lb jalapeno
• 1/2 lb garlic, minced
• salt

• Coarsely chop the peppers, tomatoes, apples and carrots.
• Grind in a meat grinder or use your food processor.
• Place in a big pot and cook, simmering and covered for an hour.
• Add  salt and garlic. Cook for another 15 minutes.
• Distribute the adzhika into clear jars and close with lids.

Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:pizza sauce
• 1 TB spoon olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
• salt, pepper

• Cook oil and garlic in medium saucepan over low heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
• Add tomatoes, increase heat to medium, and cook until slightly thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.
• Season with salt and pepper.

P.S. This recipe makes enough for four pan pizzas.

Chicken and Spinach Samosas

• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 6 tablespoons warm water
• 1/4 cup vegetable oil
• 2 teaspoons ground cumin
• 4 tablespoons curry powder
1 pound ground chicken
• 1 small onion, finely chopped
• 2 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1 cup frozen spinach
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
• Vegetable oil, for frying

• In a large mixing bowl combine flour, salt and oil and mix with your fingers until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
• Add water and mix with both hands until fully combined and mixture holds as a ball.
• Turn out onto a clean flat surface and knead for 10 minutes until the dough becomes smooth.
• Flatten into a disc shape and set back in bowl and cover with plastic wrap to rest for 30 minutes while you prepare the filling.
• Set a large, heavy-based pot over medium-high heat and add vegetable oil.
• Add spices and stir until just fragrant – this lightly toasts the spices and forms the spicy base of the filling mixture.
•Add ground chicken and saute until slightly coloured.
• Add onion, garlic, and ginger and sweat.
• Add chickpeas and spinach then simmer for 10 minutes until liquid has evaporated and all the flavours have come together.
• Season with salt and pepper.
• Set aside and allow to cool.
• Return to the dough and divide it up into 4 equal parts.
• Working with one piece at a time roll into a nice ball then using a rolling pin roll out into discs.
• Cut in half down the middle to form two half-circles.
• Working with one half at a time, rub a little water around the edges using your finger.
• Form a cone by folding along the straight edge overlapping the seam.
• Gently pinch at the fold to secure.
• Holding the cone in your hand fill with 2 tablespoons of filling.
• Seal the top by bringing the edges together and crimping with your fingers or a fork.
• Do this with the rest to make 8 samosas. (note: you can freeze them at this point if you wish).
• Heat vegetable oil to 360 degrees F in a large heavy-based pot.
• Fry the samosas in batches (so as to not to over-crowd the pot) until puffy and golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Tip: Instead of frying the samosas you can also bake them. Preheat oven to 390 degrees F. Line a baking dish with foil. Brush the samosas with egg yolk. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Welsh Rarebit

Ingredients:welsh rarebit
• 225g grated, strong cheese such as Cheddar or Cheshire
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
• 1 level teaspoon dry mustard
• 2 teaspoons flour
• Shake of pepper
• 4 tablespoons beer, Guinness or milk (Guiness gives a stronger flavour)
• 4 slices bread toasted on 1 side only

• Put the cheese, butter, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, flour and pepper into a saucepan.
• Mix well and then add the beer, Guinness or milk to moisten. Do not make it too wet!!
• Stir over a gentle heat until all is melted, and when it is a thickish paste, stop stirring, and swivel it around the saucepan, which it will do quite easily.
• Leave to cool a little, and meanwhile toast the bread on one side only.
• Spread the rarebit over the untoasted side and brown under a hot grill.

P.S. This mixture can be made and kept in the refrigerator for several days if required. Sweet white wine can be used instead of beer.

Chicken Paprikash

Ingredients:Chicken Paprikash
• 3 1/2 pounds chicken, cut up
• 2 large onions, chopped
• 1/3 stick butter
• 5 TB spoons paprika
• 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
• 4 TB spoons flour
• 1 pint sour cream
• 4 cups flour
• 1 cup water
• 4 eggs
• 2 pinches of baking powder
• salt

• Saute onions in butter and paprika until tender.
• Add chicken and brown on all sides.
• Add broth, cover, and simmer until tender- about 1 hour.
•Remove chicken from pan.
•Taste for seasoning.
• Blend flour into sour cream until smooth.
• Add to broth.
• Simmer, stirring constantly until thick.
• Do not boil.
• Pour over chicken and dumplings.
• Combine all and drop by teaspoon into boiling water.
• Boil for 3 minutes.

PS. The recipe came from my husband’s grandmother- Ellen Ritthaler. When our son was a baby he used to call it: Chicken Prikash and that is how it is known in our family. Ellen’s Chicken Prikash.

Easy Honey Buns

Ingredients:honey buns
1 recipe puff pastry
• 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
• 1/4 cup light brown sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the glaze:
• 1/2 cups powdered sugar
• 2 tablespoons water
• 1 tablespoons honey

•  Place the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl and whip together on medium-high speed until fluffy.
• Roll out the dough to a rectangle shape, about 16-inches by 9-inches.
• Spread the butter mixture over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch margin on all sides.
• Starting on one of the longer sides, carefully roll the dough into a log.  Trim off the ends, and cut the log into 1-inch thick slices.
• Place the slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
• Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven for 15 minutes.
• Cool completely and cover with glaze (recipe follows).

To make the glaze:
• Stir the powdered sugar, honey, and water together in a small bowl.

Easy Lobster Bisque

Ingredients:lobster bisque
• 2 cups half and half
• 1 cup sherry
• 1 cup water
• 2 teaspoons spoon Lobster Base
• 3 TB spoons flour
• 2 TB spoons tomato paste
• 1/4 teaspoon paprika
• 1 cup cooked lobster, minced

• In a pot mix together half and half, sherry, water, lobster base, flour, tomato paste, and paprika.
• Bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
• Add cooked lobster and simmer for additional 2 minutes.
• Enjoy.